Senior forward Anthony Gill scored a team-high 23 points to help guide the No. 1 seed University of Virginia (UVA) Cavaliers to a 84-71 win over No. 4 seed Iowa State Cyclones in the Sweet 16 – Midwest Regional semifinals of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on March 25 in Chicago.
Virginia’s Anthony Gill (13) goes up for a lay up during the first half of a college basketball game against Iowa State in the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 25, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
UVA advanced on to the Elite Eight for the first time in 21 years, where it will face No. 10 seed Syracuse on March 27.
The Virginia Cavaliers showed it was the superior team Friday night, leaping out to an early lead over the Cyclones. The Cavaliers led, 17-3, within the first minutes of the game and eventually took a 45-31 lead into halftime. Iowa State did manage to use a 9-2 scoring run in the second half that cut Virginia’s lead to just seven points at the time. But UVA put its foot back on the gas and pushed the lead back into the double digits, keeping it there the rest of the way.
Gill coupled eight rebounds with his 23 points while senior center Mike Tobey followed up with 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench for Virginia. The Cavaliers also received 12 points apiece from senior guard Malcolm Brogdon and sophomore forward Isaiah Wilkins.
Senior forward Georges Niang led Iowa State with a game-high 30 points.
In other Sweet 16 action Friday:
– No. 6 Notre Dame beat No. 7 Wisconsin, 61-56
– No. 10 Syracuse edged No. 11 Gonzaga, 63-60
– No. 1 UNC crushed No. 5 Indiana, 101-86